Three long years after its premiere in 2015, One-Punch Man is finally returning. Viz Media announced on Twitter that the second season of the wildly popular superhero parody anime will be released in April 2019. The new trailer heralds the return of not only Saitama and Genos, but also the introduction of Garou, a new villain.
For those who missed the first season, One-Punch Man is an action-based comedy about Saitama, a normal guy who trained so hard that he went bald and became more powerful than anything and anyone. Unfortunately, the resulting mundanity of his superhero life has made him apathetic and more concerned with grocery sales than villains. Its parody of the superhero anime genre is what made it one of the best anime available on Netflix.
The official synopsis for the new season reveals that a prediction made earlier in the series may come to pass with the introduction of a new villain.
Saitama is a hero who only became a hero for fun. After three years of “special training,” he’s become so strong that he’s practically invincible. In fact, he’s too strong—even his mightiest opponents are taken out with a single punch. Now, the great seer Madame Shibabawa’s prediction about the Earth being doomed seems to be coming true as the frequency of monster incidents escalates. Alongside Genos, his faithful disciple, Saitama begins his official hero duties as a member of the Hero Association, while Garou, a man utterly fascinated by monsters, makes his appearance.
The second season of One-Punch Man will premiere April 2019, and as of now it’s unclear if there are any plans to simulcast the series as it airs in Japan. However, the first season was simulcast on Hulu in 2015, so it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that the second season will be simulcast as well. In the meantime, the first season of One-Punch Man is available on both Netflix and Hulu in Japanese with English subtitles.